Gas 2.0 Featured On 'Timber Talk' Radio

Published on January 25th, 2008 | by

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Last week I was interviewed by Timber Talk, a forestry radio station in Arkansas, which coincidentally took place at the North American International Auto show in Detroit, Michigan. Timber Talk approached me last fall after reading a post on VegTruck.com that dealt with using straight vegetable oil as a fuel source. Fun fact: Timber Talk […] read more

Cellulosic Ethanol Sugar Diverted to Algae Biodiesel Production

Published on January 25th, 2008 | by

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Note: See the precursor to this post, BREAKING NEWS: First Cars Run on Algae Biodiesel; Breakthrough Production Possible. Today I had a few minutes to speak with Harrison Dillon, President and CTO of Solazyme. But with all the publicity around the film Fields of Fuel (see earlier post), I didn’t have much of a chance […] read more

Chevron Backs Solazyme's Algae Biodiesel Production Process (+Video)

Published on January 22nd, 2008 | by

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It’s been a big week for biofuel breakthroughs and new partnerships. While photographing the algae biodiesel cars outside Fields of Fuel yesterday, insiders I spoke with alluded to big news: I just learned that Chevron will be backing Solazyme to produce algae biodiesel (East Bay Business Times): Chevron Corp. is accelerating its research into biofuel […] read more

BREAKING NEWS: First Cars Run on Algae Biodiesel; Breakthrough Production Possible

Published on January 21st, 2008 | by

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Just a few hours ago, the world’s first pair of cars to run on algae biodiesel were announced at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The cars were prominently displayed outside the world premier of Fields of Fuel, Josh Tickell’s stunning new documentary on biodiesel and the state of a world dependent on petroleum. Burning a […] read more

Video: Breakfast with Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of General Motors

Published on January 21st, 2008 | by

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Matt Kelly of NextGear was kind enough to pass along video of our breakfast with Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, which took place last week at the NAIAS. Mr. Wagoner addressed a variety of issues, including the Coskata ethanol announcement, the future of the Hummer brand (hint: smaller), the risks associated with […] read more

2008 Sundance Film Festival Gets Underway

Published on January 18th, 2008 | by

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I’m here in a bitterly cold Park City, Utah, for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Current temperature outside is 5, and the night before last registered at a polar -10 degrees F. But hey, I’m at Sundance. For the next ten days I’ll be on the lookout for films and panels pertaining to biofuels or […] read more

Final Thoughts From The Detroit Auto Show

Published on January 18th, 2008 | by

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This year’s auto show was a clash of environmental responsibility with traditional automotive manufacturing. Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, told a group of us that we have two basic choices: use oil until the oil’s gone, or start working on alternatives now and avoid a drastic and potentially unpleasant switch. While producers […] read more

How to Get Infinity MPG: Fisker's Eco-Chic Karma vs Chevy Volt

Published on January 17th, 2008 | by

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Looking for a sweet ride that can get you infinity miles per gallon? Check out the Eco-Chic Fisker Karma, a luxury sports sedan capable of 50 miles of emissions free-driving on one overnight charge. This sexy-looking sports car, which I stumbled upon at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this week, uses the same kind of […] read more

GM's Grand Plan For Solving America's Oil Dependence

Published on January 16th, 2008 | by

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General Motors says they’re committed to ‘diversifying away from petroleum.’ That sounds like something President Bush would say, but reducing our nation’s dependence on oil was a message repeatedly proffered to me by GM officials throughout the course of the auto show. I’m calling it GM’s grand vision for U.S. transportation energy independence, they call […] read more

A Conversation With Bob Lutz: Vice Chairman of General Motors

Published on January 15th, 2008 | by

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We had the opportunity to sit down with Bob Lutz on Sunday, a 72-year old icon whose no nonsense attitude and charismatic demeanor have led some to dub him the ‘Rockstar’ of the automotive world. Our conversation focused on two of the hottest topics at the auto show: GM’s ethanol partnership with Coskata, and the […] read more